One Saturday morning, I was out running errands when I looked down at the gas gauge in my car. Realizing I was close to empty, I pulled over to the local gas station convenience store (QuikTrip). Usually, I would run into the store and buy a soda or some snacks to eat, but this time I was just content with putting gas in my car. As the gas was pumping, I began reminiscing about the previous weekend when I had attended a communications and listening seminar in New York City and was thinking about the friends I had stayed with.
Sunday night after the seminar, we had gotten back to my friend’s apartment and started cooking dinner. My friend had found a cauliflower pizza crust at Trader Joe’s and wanted to try it as a gluten-free alternative to bread pizza crust. I had never heard of pizza crust made of cauliflower so I was intrigued by the proposition and game for trying it. We topped the crust with our favorite toppings – tomato sauce, chicken, spinach, cheese – and put it into the oven, following the preparation instructions on the back of the box. To our amazement, the pizza was really tasty and none of us missed the thick bread crust we would have normally eaten, had we ordered a pizza or made a pizza the traditional way.
The next thing I heard was the gas pump handle click as my car’s tank was now full. As I put the handle back up on the gasoline pump station, I noticed a sign above it advertising pepperoni pizza in QuikTrip’s new Quik Kitchen. I giggled to myself because I realized that no matter where we are or what we are doing, we are constantly inundated with pictures of food – snack commercials during prime time TV, cereal commercials during Saturday morning breakfast or, in my case, a pizza advertisement at the top of a gasoline pump while I’m pumping gas. In that moment I thought to myself, even though there is a lot of temptation everywhere, I can still make good choices or better-for-me substitutions. I can still eat foods I like – like pizza – instead of depriving myself. Being on a diet doesn’t have to be torture, I can find alternative ingredients to use to make my favorite dishes and eat healthy.
With that, I got in my car and drove down to my local Trader Joe’s where I picked up a cauliflower pizza crust, pepperoni and cheese and set off to enjoy a slice of good ol’ homemade pepperoni pizza from my kitchen.